New Bedford Creative has collected a wide range of grant and fundraising opportunities for individuals, artists and entrepreneurs, as well as non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, charitable organizations, government entities, and more. We’ve tailored our selections where we hope most New Bedford arts, culture and creative individuals or enterprises would be eligible to apply. If you want to receive frequent updates on funding opportunities, we recommend signing up for email updates to the City of Boston Funding Update, which includes local, state, and private sources of funding. Click here to sign up! (Scroll down to Funding Update and/or Funding Update Archives.)
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for mature painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. While they recognize the economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis, they are not able to assist with funds to replace lost or
Agnes M. Lindsay Trust
The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust‘s Funding Priorities include Health and Welfare, Dental/Oral Health, Camp Scholarships, Education, and Homeless Shelters, their newest initiative. Special focus on Food Pantries. Applicants must be located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont. For new applicants, the process begins with a Letter of Inquiry. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000.
Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund‘s Funding Priorities include medicine, social welfare, visual arts, historic preservation, and land conservation. Grants are made exclusively for capital projects and capital purchases, and only to organizations existing and operating in Massachusetts.
Annuity Freedom Micro-grant
The Annuity Freedom Micro-grant is a combination of marketing and $100 micro grant opportunities given out each month in three categories: 1) artists, 2) black or minority business owners, and 3) women-owned business owners. No fees required to apply.
The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Due to the overwhelming requests, they are limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and the aftermaths.
Artwork Archive’s Complete Guide
Artwork Archive’s Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants & Opportunities includes a list of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry in 2021. Topics include international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards.
The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants to help fund programs, projects and ideas that are “awesome”. The grants have “no strings”, or stipulations. If they like your project best, they will fund it.
The Barr Foundation‘s Funding priorities include Arts and Creativity, Climate, and Education. Their geographic focus is on Massachusetts. The best approach is to email a brief description (300–400 words) of your organization and the funding priority to be addressed.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Foundation
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Foundation‘s Catalyst Fund grants (up to $5,000) support capacity-building expenses for Massachusetts community-based organizations to address a health or health care component of their work.
Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
The Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation‘s gift cards support 501c3 nonprofit organizations. Apply by letter.
Resourcing grassroots leaders and social justice movements for transformative change. Borealis Philanthropy directs resources to people building powerful, thriving communities that serve all of us, with those most impacted by injustice leading the way. They invest in leaders, organizations, and movements using diverse and innovative strategies to pursue transformational change, and they work with donors
Boston Center for the Arts
The Boston Center for the Arts‘ Public Art Residency program supports two artists or artist teams each year to activate their public plaza and other areas across BCA’s campus with interactive, temporary public art. This process-oriented residency provides an opportunity for artists to experiment with their craft, develop focus, and engage in active public dialogue.
The Cigna Foundation‘s Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative seeks programs that bracket or augment in-school efforts to provide food and nutritional education to children. Activities can be based in community organizations, schools, or health care settings. Grants are also available for Community Health Navigation. Application process begins with a screening questionnaire.
Citizens Bank‘s focus areas include fighting hunger, money management, and strengthening communities. They prioritize projects that provide direct services to low- or moderate-income populations, projects that are around one year in duration, projects that exhibit long-term sustainability and potential for replication, and projects that address unmet needs.
The Coca-Cola Foundation‘s funding priorities include women’s entrepreneurship and economic development; clean water initiatives; healthy living, education, and youth development. The online grant application process begins with an eligibility questionnaire.
Cornell Douglas Foundation
The Cornell Douglas Foundation‘s funding focuses on environmental health and justice. Grants generally range from $15,000 to $50,000.
Costco‘s funding priorities include children, education, and health & human services. Max award is $5,000.
Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Craig Newmark Philanthropies‘ funding priorities include trustworthy journalism, voter protection, women in technology, veterans, and military families.
Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation actively supports programs that meet the needs of economically disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.
D’Addario Foundation grants support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.
David Rockefeller Fund
The David Rockefeller Fund‘s funding priorities include criminal justice, environmental issues, and the arts.
Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. When a project is fully funded, Donors Choose will purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school. Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation grants support efforts to improve the lives of individuals through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies.
Eastern Bank Foundation
The Eastern Bank Foundation‘s funding categories include Community Grants (average award is $2,900 to applicants with a 501c3) and Neighborhood Grants (average award is $2,000 to applicants without a 501c3).
The ECMC Foundation‘s funding priorities include requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, with emphasis on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.
The Emergent Fund‘s funding priorities include coalitions and alliances; mobilization; organizing and advocacy; healing, inspiration, and liberation; and access for digital spaces and digital organizing. Their population focus is on people of color. Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000.
Entertainment Community Fund
The Entertainment Community Fund offers a broad spectrum of programs, a calendar of workshops, support groups, online resources and emergency financial assistance to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in performing arts and entertainment.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts‘ Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding, or who incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance
Global Youth Mobilization
Do you have an idea for a solution to overcome a challenge created by the COVID-19 pandemic? Want to support your local community? Campaign for change in your local area? Young people ages 14-30 can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 from Global Youth Mobilization today.
GoFundMe‘s Small Business Relief program will provide $500 micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Groundswell‘s Rapid Response Fund supports grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical, but unexpected, fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice.
Harry Chapin Foundation
The Harry Chapin Foundation‘s funding priorities include arts-in-education programs, community education programs and agricultural & environmental programs. Their funding focus is grassroots organizations with budgets up to $500,000. Max award is $10,000.
The Island Foundation‘s grant priorities fall within four categories: Environment, New Bedford, Alternative Education, and Global. In New Bedford, the Island Foundation works with organizations that promote progressive social change and combat discrimination in all its forms, supporting youth programs, community development, arts and culture, and basic needs. To be invited to apply, the first
Jazz Road Tours
Jazz Road Tours is an artist-centric touring and residency grants program promoting deeper engagement between jazz musicians, presenters, and communities, offering grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country. Emerging and mid-career jazz artists, take your music to places it’s never been. Jazz Road Tours is led by South Arts, one of NEFA’s
KaBOOM! awards grants up to $15,000 to support the purchase of equipment for construction or renovation of a playground. Funding is intended to serve children from low-income families by creating safe play spaces for local communities, including the replacement of unsafe existing equipment.
Kars4Kids‘s funding focus is on education, mentoring, and youth development programs that help children develop into productive members of their community. Grants typically range from $500-$2,000.
Klarman Foundation grants support the purchase, rental or repair of instruments used for music education programs reaching low-income Massachusetts youth during the school day or out-of-school time.
Local “place-based opportunity ecosystems” – comprising mutually reinforcing public and nonprofit organizations working across systems – hold enormous promise in advancing social and economic mobility in particular cities. The Kresge Foundation seeks to promote collaborations across sectors and integrating service delivery, community engagement and economic development at local levels.
Learning for Justice
Learning for Justice‘s Educator Grants support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Grants will fund school-level, classroom-level and district-level projects, and range from $500-$10,000.
Leveler: Peer to Peer Wealth Distribution is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Click the “receive” button if you’re seeking assistance.
Liberty Mutual Foundation
The Liberty Mutual Foundation‘s focus areas include education and human services. Their funding priorities are children and teenagers, with funding categories including capital, programs, and general operating.
Life Comes From It
Life Comes From It awards grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to support grassroots movement-building in restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking, with work rooted in lived experience and relationships.
Lowe’s/LISC Small Grants for Businesses provide up to $20,000 to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include payroll, rent and utilities, outstanding debt to vendors, technology or infrastructure upgrades, and other immediate operational costs.
Lyft ride credits valued at $3,000 are awarded to nonprofits. Funding priorities include arts and culture, civic advocacy, education, employment services and job readiness, environmentalism and sustainability, food access and security, healthcare, and social and legal services.
Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation‘s funding priorities include education, human services, neighborhood revitalization, arts access programs for underserved communities, support for foster care children and those aging out of the system, vocational education and job training, and affordable housing and shelter for vulnerable families. One-year grants normally fall in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.
Mass Cultural Council
Stay informed about all of Mass Cultural Council‘s offerings using Agency Dates, a complete list of key dates and deadlines for grant opportunities, convenings, and events. This page is updated frequently, so check back often.
Mass Humanities Bridge Street Sponsorships
Mass Humanities Bridge Street Sponsorships support history organizations across the state. Through the generosity of donors, Mass Humanities will sponsor up to 3 free, public online programs by historical societies, centers, museums, or historic sites, at $500 per-program.
The Mellon Foundation seeks to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.
The Musicians Foundation provides one-time mini-grants of $200 to professional performers, educators and composers who meet the requirements. The form will be temporarily closed at times when application volume is very high.
Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation‘s funding focus areas include racial and economic justice; inclusive clean economy; corporate & political accountability; and voice, creativity, and culture. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.
Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation‘s grantmaking strategy encompasses six grant funds. Each fund is structured to reinforce one another in advancing their mission of championing efforts that prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth.
New England Foundation for the Arts
NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.
New England Musicians Relief Fund
To be considered eligible for the New England Musicians Relief Fund, you must reside or be professionally active primarily in the six contiguous New England states or in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. At least 50% of your income must have come from employment as a performing musician and/or music teacher in the
Peace Development Fund
The Peace Development Fund‘s De Colores Rapid Response Fund is available for quick, short-term delivery to hot spots of opportunity for organizing in marginalized communities. Grants range from $500 to $1,000.
Peace First‘s Rapid Response grants will help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.
The PNC Foundation‘s funding focuses include early childhood education, economic development, affordable housing, community development, community Services, arts and culture. Their funding priorities are sustainability and diverse populations.
Pop Culture Collab
The Pop Culture Collab‘s Rapid Response grants support individuals and organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People
Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People grants support people who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, have decided that what they are going to do will produce long term changes for their lives or communities, utilize SDOP
Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US Rauschenberg Emergency Grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.
Red Sox Foundation
The Red Sox Foundation‘s funding focuses are children, families, veterans, and communities in need. Their funding priorities are health, educational, and recreational opportunities. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health program seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. Focus areas include future of social interaction, future of food, and future of work.
Inspired by the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry, The Roddenberry Foundation (TRF) supports innovative thinking, original ideas, and extraordinary people who can change the world.
Ronald W. Burkle Foundation
The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation offers grants of up to $350,000 to support nonprofit activities that positively impact people around the world and their communities. The process begins with a letter of inquiry.
Russell J. Efros Foundation
The Russell J. Efros Foundation encourages artists to apply for a Sprout Fund grant for projects that involve their communities.
School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network
School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network grants will support licensed mental health professionals to coordinate behavioral health services utilizing Telehealth technology and academic coordination activities with school administration in collaboration with school district designated program personnel. Max award is $250,000. Funding is available until depleted.
The SoGal Foundation‘s in-kind grants of up to $10,000 support equal opportunities in business for Black female or nonbinary entrepreneurs. The funding collaborative seeks high-impact ideas and solutions that break down barriers caused by racial inequality.
State Street Foundation
The State Street Foundation‘s focus areas include education and workforce development. Their funding priority is helping the disadvantaged.
The Vela Foundation
The Vela Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to promoting improved nutrition and wellness in underserved communities. They support entrepreneurial programs that provide nutrition education and improve access to healthy foods.
Third Wave Fund
The Third Wave Fund offers Rapid Response and Capacity Building grants.
TJX U.S. Foundation
The TJX U.S. Foundation‘s funding priorities are: 1) Basic needs for those in need (food, clothing, and shelter); 2) Access to opportunities outside of school that enable school success for at-risk youth, pre-k to grade 12; 3) Workforce readiness training for at-risk youth ages 16-24; and 4) Safety from domestic violence (shelter, prevention, and services).
Verizon‘s funding priorities include K-12 STEM education and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women, and older adults. New applications are by invitation only.
Wallace Global Fund
The Wallace Global Fund‘s funding priorities include challenging corporate power, defending and renewing democracy, protecting the environment, promoting truth and creative freedom in media, and advancing women’s human rights and empowerment. Grants range from $10,000 to $120,000.
Walmart‘s Community Grants ($250 to $5,000) are awarded through Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities. Prior to submitting an application, please view the requirements and guidelines.
Wells Fargo‘s funding priorities include affordable housing, financial health, small business growth, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, the environment, human services, and workforce development.
Wish You Well Foundation
Wish You Well Foundation grants support adult literacy programs, nationwide. Grants range from $200 to $10,000.
Women Arts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. Browse their website for funding opportunities, skill-building topics and other resources and opportunities.